SUNDERLAND 2 vs CHELSEA 1
AFTER EXTRA TIME. 1-1 AFTER 90 MINUTES
FRUSTRATED Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho last night insisted his current crop produces more quality than his great Blues team of the past, despite seeing them dumped out of the Capital One Cup by Sunderland.
Substitute Ki Sung-Yueng struck the 118th-minute winner to send Gus Poyet’s strugglers into the last four, after Lee Cattermole’s own goal had put the visitors in front only for former Chelsea forward Fabio Borini to level two minutes from full-time.
The Blues had no shortage of possession or goal attempts, with Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba culpable against the Premier League’s bottom side, leaving Mourinho bristling at comparisons to the team he led to five trophies in his first spell in charge.
“In terms of quality, the way we build, the way we create, we are not behind that team you always love to compare – I think we are in front in terms of the quality of our game – but football is about results and scoring goals,” he said. “This is the same story of Stoke, of Everton, of every match we lost. We produce but do not kill opponents, or we give them life, and every opponent that plays against us knows they can score a goal and change the truth of the results.”
Goal-line technology was used to award Chelsea their opener immediately after half-time, when Cattermole and Frank Lampard helped bundle Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross into the net.
But Borini, on loan from Liverpool, rifled through David Luiz’s legs to equalise as Jozy Altidore tried to round Mark Schwarzer, and Ki rewarded growing Sunderland pressure by beating Michael Essien and drilling home in the dying moments.